The average pay for a Chief Audit Executive is $153,668 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$98,040 - $239,542
MEDIAN: $153,667

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$98,840 - $282,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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Job Description for Chief Audit Executive

A chief audit executive is an advanced audit position that requires overseeing various internal auditing departments for a financial company. This is a senior leadership position, so many years of experience in the audit field are usually necessary. There are usually hiring and disciplinary duties in this position. The chief audit executive should work to create and manage an efficient and qualified audit team. The executive should work with various branches within the company, such as the legal department, risk management department, and compliance department. It is also important to work with outside auditors in order to determine the company’s risk and what needs to be done to achieve compliance. The executive needs to gain information from these parties in order to create a plan and strategy for internal audits.


Chief Audit Executive Tasks

  • Set auditing strategies and goals, overseeing implementation and schedules.
  • Oversee staff, mentoring and developing their skills.
  • Identify and implement control and compliance initiatives across the organization.
  • Conduct audits, communicate with departments, and report on audit results.

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What is it like working as a Chief Audit Executive?

Chief Audit Executive in Chicago:
"Chief Audit Executive at Large Non-Profit."
Pros: I enjoy learning about all parts of the organization and working with different people.
Cons: I don't enjoy the politics that sometimes accompany senior positions.

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Experience Affects Chief Audit Executive Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Audit Executive Salaries

National Average

Internal Audit
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 2%